Very good question! For over a month I have been collecting all of the parts necessary to install new 12″ handlebars on my Street Glide. As you can imagine I’m pretty excited about that. Handle bars are one of those high expense items that is sometimes difficult to follow through with purchasing. Between the cost of the bars themselves and all of the necessary extensions, most riders will not even attempt self installation. Paying to have it done will greatly increase your cost on this project.
I will be putting together a video of the process. There is a LOT that has to be done to install these on a 2012 model so most of the video will be showing the processes involved with very little detail as to how to perform each process. For instance, the brake lines have to be replaced with longer lines and bled. I won’t describe the details of bleeding the lines, I’ll just say you have to bleed the lines and a short clip of performing the process. On a positive note, I already have videos to perform a lot of the processes it will take to install the bars already. Bleeding brake lines, removing the outer fairing, removing the ignition, removing and lubricating the clutch cable, and adjusting the clutch cable are all videos I already have available which will pertain directly to what will be required to complete the install.
This probably will not be something most people will want to attempt. A lot can go wrong and if each task is not performed thoroughly and correctly it could cause a failure on the road and put the riders life at risk. If you have not worked on bikes in depth for a good amount of time, if you don’t have a service manual, if your not sure you have the proper tools, and if your not sure about what parts you need without having to ask, then you probably shouldn’t undertake this installation yourself. You really need to be comfortable to the point of not even thinking about it on things like the intricacies of performing a full brake job, or clutch adjustment both from the clutch basket to the cable, some in depth knowledge of wiring, and just the overall comfort and confidence of tearing down and rebuilding a lot of the mechanical and electrical systems of the bike. I’m not trying to discourage anyone, I’m putting the realistic situation out there.
I’ll go into more depth when I post the video on the processes necessary to accomplish this project from start to finish but here is a list of parts that have to be changed out to make this happen on the 2012 Street Glide. The processes to change them out is where it can get difficult.
I went with Paul Yaffe 12″ Monkey Bagger Bars
12-15″ throttle by wire assembly
12-15″ brake lines including the junction
12-15″ clutch cable
12-15″ wiring extensions
1 quart 20W-50 Screaming Eagle Syn3 oil
Snap ring for pivot pin on clutch
O-ring for transmission drain plug
O-ring for clutch cable
Clutch cover gasket
Dot 4 Brake Fluid
It will take about a week to compile the video, write the post, and get pictures up once its complete so check back in a couple weeks!
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